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    Poor thing. I dont believe any bird who can fly should be kept by humans in any sort of cage. The one thing that makes them special is thier ability to fly.


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    That poor bird! How awful!

    Itll be hard I am sure and I wish you all the best of luck.

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    This is a time when like doesn't work for a post. I like what you're doing but I can't like the story much... I hate the story, and I wish things like what caused this bird's distress did not happen.

    It reads like that 4yo child is a future serial killer. Many of them start out torturing animals.

    I hope it works out for the best. Is it possible that you could put one or two of your more well adjusted lorikeets in a cage near him for a while each day, or maybe over night so that he can see what well adjusted looks like, and that they're pleased to see you? I know my dog learns this way. I'm pretty sure baby chicks learn this way too.

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    I know what you mean with the whole "Like" thing. It actually caused me a little confusion at first as it looked like people were liking awful things!! I'm a bit slow at times (maybe most of the time!). Also agree we have the making of a serial killer out there somewhere. I can't get my head around the fact the parents did not know what/how this child was treating the bird and how wrong it was. Rose coloured glasses maybe - I personally would like to smash those glasses whilst still on their face. I have to keep reminding myself I am a lover not a fighter ....lol.

    I am a big, big fan of buddying animals up and if you can't do it with one of their own kind, a substitute can work too. One of my most successfull buddying experience was between a baby magpie and baby wattle bird. Unfortunately I am not game to buddy Hope up at the moment or put him too close to other birds until he has a health clearance. Cockies, lorikeets and other parrots get a virus called beak and feather which is quite contagious. It is a death sentence to baby birds so I have to show caution as some adult birds can be carriers only.

    I am not long off the phone from an Avian Biologist who is like "the man" around here when it comes to birds. He said once we get the nutrition right for Hope, hopefully he will feel heaps better and at the same time learn it is a human who is giving him the food which is making him feel better - so desensitising Hope and healing him all at the same time. His advice is to also take it slow and leave him to slowly heal quietly and with limited human interaction. The Biologist is dying for photos but understands they may be impossible to get. We have planned for Hope to have a consultation with the Biologist in around 2-3 weeks time.

    I feel so much better after talking to him and checking I am doing all the right things.

    Changing the subject I took the dogs to the park this arvo and had the pleasure of meeting 2 4 month old Gordon Setters - absolutely gorgeous in looks and temperament. I want one (think I got a lorikeet instead!!)

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    I guess Hope will just have to buddy through a closed window...

    And time for the friend with the telephoto lens... you know those giant lenses that can take closeups of your pimples from the other side of a cricket oval. Dad got one of those so he could photopgraph me without me getting up and leaving. So many photos out there - of me standing behind the camera operator ie I'm not in them...

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    You are such an angel! Poor little bird.

    Good luck with him, I'm sure with lots of patients, good food and heaps of love he will (hopefully) start to heal.

    Lets hope Karma is real and his previous owners get what they deserve!

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    Ratbag... have you got a camera in your laptop {assumingyou have a laptop and not a pc!}... if so, could you somehoe sneak the pc into the room with Hope and capture some film of the bird for the biologist? Once the screen saver goes on it *may* not stress Hope out... especially if you can put it against a wall on the other side of the room, then edit/soom afterwards. Probably not a good idea to tackle it tomorrow - but maybe next week, once Hope is more used to *hopefully!* you moving about around his cage?

    I'm quite happy to assist with a 'Hope Chest' donation too - even though you don't need it now, the offer is there if you change your mind.

    Thanks for all the updates... hope his night passes in comfort and relative peace. And more pear. And nectar.

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    I'll admit it, I am not much of a bird person, i don't dislike them but I do love dogs but, this story about Hope, I just can't believe how people can be so neglectful. It's bloody terrible!!! I really hope that Hope can see one day, what a wonderful human you are, Ratbag!!

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    I have checked on Hope this morning and we have made it through the first night of the rest of his new life - three cheers to Hope.

    Brilliant idea - I think the PC video may work. If that fails, Hyacinth I may need to borrow your dad!

    Pinkest, a big hug and thank you for your offer to donate to Hope - another Angel in our midst.

    Cheers to everyone for hearing me out on this one. I actually feel so much better for unleashing. Usually it is hubby who gets the tirade and tears.

    My hubby is a quiet guy of few words, he is loyal, sensitive and a thinker. When he speaks they are usually sensible words of wisdom floating out of his mouth.
    When the bird first came in I was looking for that reassurance he so often gives me. Instead he said:

    "Well, they say bad luck comes in threes - first Donna Summer, then Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) now the bird. Things can only get better" . WHAT THE ........... fail!

    Last night I could actually laugh about it. I just had to tease him about being stuck in the 70's. Told him his punishment is no David Cassidy albums to be played in the house for the rest of 2012. (For those young ones you may need to google!)

    Today I feel very positive about Hope's future. If nothing else I will provide him with a home where he will be comfortable, not threatened and completely indulged. He will never fall into the hands of abusive neglectful people again.

    A good day wish to everyone.

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    I can't believe it. Hope is dead.

    This morning I was so positive and thinking everything would be ok. Not long after my previous post I went in to feed him and there was blood in the cage and blood dripping off his body. Lobbed at the local vet unannounced, bawling my eyes out and they saw him immediately.

    Poor thing had a tumour which was causing the bleeding. With the support of two vets it was decided the kindest thing to do for Hope was put him to sleep. He had been subjected to too much to go through the trauma of surgery with no guaranteed outcome.

    i have euthanised a lot of animals in my time but this one has broken my heart. He so deserved to have a little love and care in his life even if it was just for a short period of time. Hope died not ever knowing love and that kills me. Even his final moments Hope was in the hands of humans - the thing he was most scared of.

    The old "he is in a better place" just does not cut it for me.

    I think I am done with rescue. Thank you to those who cared.

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